Looking for a massage therapist isn’t always an easy task. Who do you go to? How do you know what’s right for you? Because not all massage therapists do the same thing, the search can sometimes be overwhelming. And that’s when we tend to give up. But that shoulder pain is still buggy you and the stress is starting to build up in your neck. Ahhhhhh! There’s got to be a better way. Here are 5 tips to finding that perfect match:
Know what your goals are. Why do you even want to see a massage therapist in the first place? So before starting your search find out what you need and want from a massage session. Are you looking for relaxation, better mobility, decreased pain and tension, more flexibility, lymphatic drainage, or working those knots out? These goals are quite different and not every massage therapist is going to specialize in all of them. This will help narrow down your list.
Ask questions. I recommend calling the massage therapist and interview them. Ask them:
What type of massage do you specialize in?
What does a massage session look like?
Is it done over the clothes or do you use oil on the skin?
What is your typical client looking for?
How can you help me?
Do they listen? So you found a therapist who you think is going to help you achieve your goals and booked your first appointment. Now you just go and relax right? Well when you go in to your first session you want to make sure that they are an active listener. Does the therapist ask you questions about your health history and goals? Do they ask you why you are getting a massage and what you want to achieve? Do you feel like they understood where you were coming from? It’s important for your massage therapist to know and understand your goals, your needs, and what you are expecting from this session.
Which brings me to customization, this is so important. Does the massage therapist take everything that you’ve talked about and create a session uniquely for you or does it kind of feel like a routine and they are going through the motions? Are they fully present for you?
This last tip trumps all…trust. If you don’t trust your massage therapist or have confidence in their ability then you won’t be able to fully relax and the massage will be less effective. This may take a little time because prior to the first session you’ve never received a massage from them before. To truly judge you have to experience it, but go with your instincts on this one. If you don’t feel ok with them before the massage, you probably won’t change during the massage. Something to be aware of is knowing the difference between first time jitters and a wrong fit. If you are having a really hard time relaxing during the massage, first determine if it’s because you are trying something new and you have no idea what to expect or if the massage therapist isn’t a good match for you.
I hoped this helped clarify how to find the perfect massage therapist for you. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll find your massage therapist in no time. If you have any questions please reach out via email or phone, I’m happy to help. Thanks for reading.